Build Me Up / Bedframe Baby
July 20, 2013 8:46 AM Subscribe
We have a king-size bed (Mattress, boxsprings) that is just sitting on the floor of our bedroom, taking up a big chunk of real estate and looking sort of shabby. To free up space, I would like to move the bed into a narrow alcove-like part of the room. This means we wouldn't have room for nightstands and so need a headboard w/ shelves. For aesthetic reasons, I would like a frame to cover the sides of the boxsprings. No need for the bed to be raised, it will still rest on the floor. For money reasons, I would like suggestions on how to build such a thing myself, or recommendations for good but economical products.
posted by Alvy Ampersand to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
The bed is 6' x 6.5 'x 20". Right now I am thinking that two simple boxes/frames would do. The larger frame would lay horizontally on the floor, surrounding the bed (Four lengths of wood). The headboard/shelf would rest lengthwise on its side, with at least one shelf in it (At least five lengths), with a plywood backing for stability.
So now, questions:
1) I am leaning towards using dimensional lumber for this, namely 2x12s. Bigger/heavier/expensiver than needed?
2) Is there a particular type of stain that would be ideal for this kind of lumber?
3) Assembly: Are brackets and strap ties feasible? What are the appropriate screws?
4) Is this a horrible idea?
If you've come across designs or plans for a similar frame, or a decently-priced product that resembles what I've described (Poorly, I'm sure; I'm not great at translating visual into words) links would be great! Thanks!